The real power in this world.
Politicians can be bought, sold and blackmailed,
Governments come and go.
Policies change from one year to the next.
National security is often just theatre.
organised crime goes on and on and on.
(often better funded, better organised and operating without constraint, prison or fines are just the cost of doing business).
The pirates who plundered and looted merchant vessels in the seventeenth century and who undertook large-scale trade in stolen goods may be considered among the earliest organized crime groups to make their appearance in the Western world.
Candid street shot, Spain.